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Pack in the protein

Posted Jan 31 2011 12:00am

I’ve always found that the more protein I incorporate into my meal the longer I stay full. I feel like I make a pretty conscious effort to eat protein with my main meals–breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

For example, breakfast included eggs and black beans.

Oh, and some blueberries before class…

However, I’ve found that my snacks always lack protein. I’ll have a piece of fruit or something carby–but nothing that really packs a protein punch!

Well, that is, until today. :)

Enter a protein packed snack!

Protein powder + water (not pictured) + 1/4 cup raw almonds

This is my friend Rob’s go-to snack of choice. And he is in ridic shape and knows SO much about fitness/nutrition. When I showed him my snack today he told me the reason why almonds and something like a protein shake make a good snack is because the balance of protein and healthy fats will make you feel fuller for a longer period of time. I think it’s because it takes your body a bit longer to use up the energy from the mixture of protein and fat.

Anyway, he was right (like I ever doubted him)! I ate my almonds around 10:30 and drank my protein shake a bit after that and powered me to lunch–which I ate a bit later today, around 2:00 pm.

I am def going to try to incorporate this snack into my daily diet and see how it impacts my hunger levels. I’ll keep you posted!

Lunch: Burrito bowl! Except I didn’t pay lots of $$$ at Chipolte. :)

In the mix

  • 1/2 cup organic brown rice
  • Fire roasted peppers and onions
  • 1/2 cup black beans (more protein!)
  • Leftover crock pot chicken taco meat

I started by sauteing the peppers and onions. I then added the black beans after I had turned off the stove and was waiting for the chicken to re-heat.

I grabbed my bowl and added 1/2 cup organic brown rice

And then as soon as the chicken was done re-heating I mixed it all together (as seen above).

Up close and personal shot.

So good and SO filling. This will def fuel me through the afternoon.

And some bubbles to go along with my delish in a dish meal.

Back to school to hit up the library then class at 5! Have a great afternoon, kids!

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